March 21, 2018

Chairman Robert Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee
115th Congress of the United States of America

Honorable Chairman Goodlatte and all Members of Congress:

As faith leaders, we thank you for the Securing America’s Future Act. This “Goodlatte bill” is closest to the promises made to the American people, though we feel it could be stronger still.

Only, action will rebuild trust. After seven (7) U.S. amnesties, and few if any promises kept to the American people, we ask that your bill require the following measures before offering amnesty and/or a path to citizenship to undocumented people in our nation:

First build the border wall, as promised and funded years ago.
Upgrade border patrol and I.C.E. staffing.
End chain migration and diversity visas.
End “sanctuary cities.”
Add voter integrity verification measures in all states.
Implement e-Verify in all states to help millions of Americans back to work.

While gracious to many undocumented people, your bill must prioritize U.S. citizens of every ethnicity, many of whom are hurting from unemployment, poverty, crime and drug addiction largely due to open borders and resulting social strife.

Alternative bills are insufficient as they tend to:

We are challenging “faith” groups with economic self-interest in porous borders, as some are highly funded to facilitate high levels of migration and refugee resettlement (USASpending.Gov). The enormous funding of the Obama-era “welcome” and refugee industry has broken up many families.

People here illegally are four (4) times more likely to earn federal criminal sentences. 820, 000 illegals are convicted criminals. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 642,000 crimes were committed against Texans alone, by over 200,000 illegals, over seven years. Secretary Rick Perry stated, “That is the cost of not securing the border.” As the Center for Immigration Studies has documented, an $18 billion wall would quickly pay for itself by reducing crime.

We do not use the term “Sanctuary cities.” Sanctus means “holy,” and as extremists inflame pride, entitlement and lawlessness, they breed crime and human tragedy — the opposite of holiness. Criminal Cities are not places of love, but of political warfare toward their stated goal of a Permanent Progressive Majority. “Undocumented” people are quickly “documented” to vote, and George Soros’s circle admits their “Rent-a-minister” strategy to shamefully feign moral high ground.

Scripture does not teach open borders, but wise welcome. We’re to embrace the “ger,” the one who comes as a convert and blessing, like Ruth and Rahab. We’re to show hospitality to well-meaning invited guests. And we’re to exclude and deport people who do not come as a  blessing but as a  danger. Nehemiah & Ezra helped their nation rebuild its faith, culture, and nation. That required walls, and the whole counsel of Scripture. Wisdom.

We urge your strong and wise leadership on behalf of America’s future. For, as the President has reminded us, Americans are dreamers too.

Gratefully Yours,



Anthony Allen
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Art Ally
Timothy Plan

Ted Baehr
Founder & CEO

Rod D. Martin
Board Member, Florida Baptist Convention
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc. 

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation 

Mitchell Morgan
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging 

Senator Dennis K. Baxley
Florida Senate 
District 12

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism 

Mark Christian
Global Faith Insitute 

Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute 

Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy 

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston 

Donna Hearne 
The Constitutional Coalition 

Brad Jurkovich
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA
Vice Chairman, SBC Committee on Order of Business 

Randy Knepper
President of Knepper Enterprises, LLC 
Former President of U.S. House of Representatives
Administration Assistants Association  

David Kullberg
President, Christians for a Sustainable Economy

Kelly Kullberg
Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (.com)
American Association of Evangelicals 

Scott Magill 
Veterans in Defense of Liberty 

Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member. Ohio 

Richard Powell 
Lead Pastor, Fort Caroline Baptist Church
Jacksonville, Florida
Former Member, SBC Nominating Committee 

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean 
Florida House of Representatives

Eric Metaxas
Host of the nationally syndicated
“Eric Metaxas Show” 

Sherri R. Martin
Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies 

Nicholas Stehle 
For the American Future  

Michael O’Fallon  
Sovereign Nations 

Everett Piper 
Oklahoma Wesleyan University 

Jack Pogue 
W.A. Criswell Foundation 

Dran Reese 

The Salt & Light Council 

Donald & Sheila Richardson 
Southern Baptist 

Samuel Rohrer
American Pastors Network 

Bishop Aubrey Shines 
G2G Ministries
Tampa, Florida 

Troy Newman
Operation Rescue 

Jerry Sutton 
Liberty University 

Carol Swain 
Former Professor of Political Science and Law
Vanderbilt University
Author, Debating Immigration: Second Edition, July 2018

Ted Traylor 
Senior Pastor, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola 
Former President, Florida Baptist Convention 

Elizabeth Yore, Esq.

John Zmirak
Senior Editor, The Stream 
Co-Author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration

Donald Woodsmall
Attorney at law

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